How did God make the world?
God created the world, that is, He made it out of nothing.
– The Catechism
“Recently, in a television interview, the host asked me, “What is an important area for scientific research?” I suggested the time may have come to define a new area for scientific theory and technical research, which I would call “cognitive physics”. Cognitive physicists would try to understand the nature of how humans try to understand. They would investigate how humans create the worlds in which they live; how humans create explanations for those things that they need explanations for; and what humans can do to improve on these methods.
In addition, cognitive physicists would explore the cognos as quantum physicists now explore the cosmos: What is the cognos? What does the cognos do? Of what is the cognos constructed? How big is the cognos? And much more. I offer the following thoughts as the inauguration of cognitive physics and as a worthwhile adventure for scientific theory and technical research. The thinking presented here is serious, speculative, and in the nature of what Einstein might have called a “gedanken” or “thought experiment”. Recent scientific theory does seem to support some of these ideas, however (See the accompanying Bibliography.)
The Greatest Invention in the World
In my opinion, the greatest invention in the world was the invention of America.
On early morning, about 4 a.m., the cry rang out from the crow’s nest, “Tierra! Tierra! and at dawn, Admiral of the Ocean Sea, Christopher Columbus, stepped ashore in the New World. Columbus’ project to reach the East Indies by sailing west had become an obsession with him. The Tavalera Commission, appointed by Queen Isabella to investigate Columbus’ “West Indies Project”, had reported that the idea was preposterous. In those days, most people knew that the earth was round; however, they pointed out that Columbus’ mathematics and calculations were wrong and that it would probably take him three years to get to the East Indies, by which time his expedition would have perished. As far as Columbus’ idea–“to discover lands of importance on the way”–was concerned, the Tavalera Commission pointed out with flawless logic this also was impossible, because “God would never have kept lands of any value from his chosen people for so long”. Yet 30 days after Columbus set sail, he discovered half the world.
Where did America exist before Columbus invented it? America existed in the cognos.